While many suffer from insomnia, it is not the only cause of sleepless nights, and it is very important for those who have trouble sleeping to get to the root of their problem. Here are some other common sleep disorders. [Read more…]
It’s 2 am and you’re wide awake. That can be annoying one night, and tiring for the second night in the row. But when you struggle with chronic insomnia, your health suffers. Here are some tips to help ease you into a good sleep routine so that you fall asleep more effortlessly.
Shut off the gadgets
Turn off all gadgets one hour before bedtime. A study by Osaka University found that late-night Internet and TV use can interfere with sleep quality, since they emit blue light that stimulates the brain.
Bonus: unplugging gives you a chance to get real Me Time. Facebook’s entertaining, but you’re paying more attention to somebody else’s status messages instead of yourself. Do something you really enjoy. A long bath, calming music, a facial—anything that focus on making yourself as happy and comfortable as possible.
Cue your brain for sleep
Turn your entire bedroom into a Sleep Zone. Remove the TV and ban laptops. Block out light and street noise with heavy curtains. Use relaxing room or linen sprays, and turn your bedside table into a mini-spa of scented lotions and temple balms. These subtle associations of light, scent, and texture will eventually train your brain to feel sleepy the second you step inside.
Don’t toss and turn
Go to bed only when you’re sleepy. If you’re still awake after 30 minutes, get up and distract yourself before trying again. And don’t worry about it. Nobody sleeps soundly every night, and obsessing over sleep will only stop you from getting it.
Eat for better sleep
Check out our article on Food for Better Sleep.
It’s 2 am, and you can’t sleep. You’re exhausted, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to settle down. Maybe you manage to doze off, but the slightest sound wakes you up. This is a problem that millions of people face each night. It’s insomnia, and it is not only frustrating, but debilitating. It can affect your health, your performance, and quality of life. [Read more…]
Pizza, Frappuccino, diet soda–these are the staples in many teen diets. Unfortunately these are full of empty calories, and adolescence is a critical age. Your teen will be going through a big growth spurt. Her body is changing and she needs as many vitamins and minerals are she gets.
But most teens are not going to take any advice from parents, so our lectures on proper eating will fall on deaf ears. How can we convince her to get the right nutrients?
The first is to lead by example. If teens grow up in a home where everyone is committed to healthy living, then they will be less likely to think that a burger is a ‘normal’ meal.
Second, cook delicious meals. The more your teens eat at home, the less opportunity to binge on fast food meals. Packing them healthy lunches and keeping the refrigerator and pantry stocked with good and nutritious food also makes nutrition the more ‘convenient’ choice. (Why line up at the cafeteria for bad food when Mom’s cooking is better?)
Third, make it a beauty (not a health) concern. Show them how vitamins and nutrients can make their skin and hair naturally beautiful. Point out celebrity icons who lead fit and healthy lives and have the body to show for it. Appeal to their vanity.
Lastly, ask for their inputs. Ask them what their favorite foods are and prepare them, but look for healthier versions. If they love pizza then make it at home, loaded with nutrient rich vegetables and sauce, with far less sodium than they’d find in at a restaurant.